BOSTON — The former chairman of a private tennis club in Texas was sentenced Friday to three months in prison for his role in a broad college admissions bribery program, and then three months in prison at home.
Martin Fox apologized when he appeared before a Boston judge through a video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fox said: “I am ashamed of what I did. My parents raised me better than this.”
The Houston man struck a deal with prosecutors last year and accused him of racketeering.
The prosecutor has been sentenced to six months in prison. Fox’s lawyers urged the judge to be leniency, saying he had a medical condition and might be arrested and imprisoned because of the virus.
The prosecutor said that Fox acts as an intermediary. In the middle is the admissions consultant, Rick Singer, coach and test administrator of the program center to help them cheat on children̵
Authorities stated that he arranged a bribe to induce a student to enter the University of Texas as a tennis recruit, even if the student did not participate in the game. Prosecutors said Fox also facilitated an agreement to recruit a student as a basketball player at the University of San Diego.
The prosecutor said that he himself received at least $245,000 through the program and facilitated the payment of thousands of dollars in bribes.
In a case involving outstanding parents and sports coaches from well-known universities across the country, he was one of more than 30 people who pleaded guilty. Singh also pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government’s investigation into what the authorities call the “University Action Blues.” This series of indictments shocked the higher education, sports and entertainment industries.
At the end of last month, “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin (Lori Loughlin) reported to prison for two months, because she paid $500,000 to allow her two daughters to enter the University of Southern California (University of Southern California). Enlisted as a crew member, even though neither of these girls are rowers. Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, plans to report to the prison next week. He was sentenced to five months in prison.